U.S. Route 84 in New Mexico

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U.S. Route 84 marker

U.S. Route 84
Route information
Maintained by NMDOT
Major junctions
West end US 84 at the Colorado state line
  US 64 from west of Chama to Tierra Amarilla

US 285 from Chili to Eldorado at Santa Fe
I-25 / US 85 from Santa Fe to south of Las Vegas
I-40 in Santa Rosa
US 54 in Santa Rosa
US 60 from Fort Sumner to Texico

US 70 in Clovis
East end US 70 / US 84 at the Texas state line
Location
CountiesRio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Guadalupe, De Baca, Roosevelt, Curry
Highway system
  • State Roads in New Mexico
NM 83US 85

U.S. Route 84 (US 84) is a part of the U.S. Highway System that travels from Pagosa Springs, CO to Midway, GA. In New Mexico it begins at the Colorado state line northwest of Chama and ends at the Texas state line in Texico.

Route description[edit]

US 84 enters New Mexico at Rio Arriba County 28 miles (45 km) south of its terminus at US 160. About six miles (9.7 km) south of the Colorado–New Mexico state line, US 64 comes from the west and travels concurrently with US 84 for the next 28 miles (45 km). Only three miles (4.8 km) east of this intersection, the concurrency crosses the Continental Divide at Sargent Pass, elevation 7,718 feet (2,352 m) above sea level or more than 3,100 feet (940 m) lower than Wolf Creek Pass, the next Continental Divide highway pass to the north. Therefore, only 37 miles (60 km) of US 84 is located west of the Continental Divide. About 12 miles (19 km) east of the intersection, US 64/US 84 enters the town of Chama. At a T-intersection, New Mexico State Road 17 enters from the north and terminates at said intersection, while US 64/US 84 enter from the south and west.

After heading south from Chama, US 64/US 84 combine for about 14 miles (23 km) to Tierra Amarilla, where US 64 departs from US 84 and heads southeast, while US 84 continues south. About 57 miles (92 km) down the road, US 84 is joined by US 285 south of the small community of Chili. About five miles (8.0 km) further, US 84/US 285 enter the city of Española from the north as North Paseo de Onate Street. At the south end of the town, US 84/US 285 becomes the Santa Fe Highway and a four-lane expressway. And about nine miles (14 km) further, US 84/US 285 becomes a limited-access freeway. 15 miles (24 km) further south, the two return to surface street status and then travel past downtown Santa Fe via St. Francis Drive. On the south side of Santa Fe at Interstate 25's exit 282A, US 84/US 285 merge with northbound I-25/US 85. All four highways head east and slightly to the south to avoid the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Just before turning north, US 285 exits the freeway at exit 290 and continues south towards Clines Corners. After winding north and south, the freeway finally begins heading solely north, and US 84 exits about 55 miles (89 km) later at exit 339 near Romeroville and travels in an east/southeastern direction, while I-25/US 85 continue north to Colorado. Following a path southeast and then south for 42 miles (68 km), US 84 merges with I-40 (and Historic US 66) at I-40's exit 256. After 17 miles (27 km) I-40/US 84 enter Santa Rosa. About 21 miles (34 km) from its concurrency with I-40, US 84 diverges at exit 277.

The highway then travels south/southeast for 42 miles (68 km) until merging with US 60 in downtown Fort Sumner. From the intersection with US 60, US 60/US 84 travel east, passing through Taiban and Melrose before intersecting US 70 after 61 miles (98 km) in Clovis. From the intersection with US 70, US 64/US 70/US 84 travels east 8.7 miles (14.0 km) entering Texico. Here, about 280 feet (85 m) before the Texas–New Mexico state line, US 60 splits from US 70/US 84 with US 70/US 84 continuing east into Farwell, Texas.[1] Despite being a west-east route, US-84 is signed as north-south between Fort Sumner and the Colorado border.[2]

History[edit]

US 84 was first extended west into New Mexico in 1936 at Texico. In 1937, the route was extended further to Santa Fe, and in 1938, the route was extended further to Cortez, Colorado. However, this extension did not last long, because the highway was truncated back to Santa Fe. The current route for US 84 was created in 1941.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
Rio Arriba0.00.0 US 84 westContinuation into Colorado
6.210.0 US 64 – Navajo City, Bloomfield, FarmingtonWestern end of US 64 overlap
Chama NM 17 northSouthern terminus of NM 17
Brazos NM 512 eastWestern terminus of NM 512
BrazosLos Ojos line NM 95 west – Heron Lake State ParkEastern terminus of NM 95
Los Ojos NM 514 southNorthern terminus of NM 514
NM 112 south – El Vado State ParkNorthern terminus of NM 112
Tierra Amarilla NM 162 southNorthern terminus of NM 162
NM 531 – La Puente
32.652.5 US 64 west – Tres Piedras, TaosEastern end of US 64 overlap
33.253.4 NM 162 northSouthern terminus of NM 162
Cebolla44.471.5 NM 221 southNorthern terminus of NM 221
47.576.4 NM 115 east – CanjilonWestern terminus of NM 115
Abiquiu69.0111.0 NM 96 south – Youngsville, CoyoteNorthern terminus of NM 96
79.3127.6 NM 554 east – El RitoWestern terminus of NM 554
84.4135.8 NM 233 east – MedanalesWestern terminus of NM 233
Chili90.2145.2 US 285 north – Ojo CalienteWestern end of US 285 overlap
El Duende91.8147.7 NM 74 southNorthern terminus of NM 74
Española NM 584 east (Fairview Lane)Western terminus of NM 584
98.1157.9 NM 30 south – San Ildefonso PuebloNorthern terminus of NM 30
NM 369 eastWestern terminus of NM 369
98.8159.0 NM 68 north – La Villita, Los Luceros, TaosSouthern terminus of NM 68
NM 369 westEastern terminus of NM 369
Santa FeEspañolaSombrillo line100.6161.9 NM 399 south / NM 106 north – SombrilloNorthern terminus of NM 399, southern terminus of NM 106
104.4168.0183Frontage RoadInterchange; exit numbers follow US 285
Pojoaque106.6171.6 NM 503 north – CundiyoSouthern terminus of NM 503
107.1172.4 NM 502 west – San Ildefonso PuebloEastern terminus of NM 502, interchange
Cuyamungue109.6176.4177 To CR 89B / CR 89D / Buffalo Thunder RoadWestern end of freeway
111.0178.6176Cuyamungue
112.5181.1175Camel Rock Road
Tesuque Pueblo115.6186.0172 CR 73 south – TesuqueNorthern terminus of CR 73
Tesuque PuebloTesuque line116.7187.8171Flea Market Road
TesuqueSanta Fe line118.6190.9168 CR 73 north / Opera Drive / Avenida Monte Sereno – Tesuque VillageSouthern terminus of CR 73
Santa Fe120.5–
121.2
193.9–
195.1
166 NM 599 south (Santa Fe Relief Route)Northern terminus of NM 599; eastern end of freeway; no exit westbound
121.9196.2Downtown PlazaInterchange; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
123.5198.8 NM 14 south (Cerrillos Road)Northern terminus of NM 14
124.8200.8 NM 466 (St. Michaels Drive) – Santa Fe University of Art and DesignInterchange; serves CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
126.3–
127.3
203.3–
204.9
I-25 south (US 85 south) – AlbuquerqueWestern end of I-25/US 85 overlap; I-25 exit 282
See I-25
San Miguel184.3296.6 I-25 north (US 85 north) – Las Vegas, DenverEastern end of I-25/US 85 overlap; I-25 exit 339
204.6329.3 NM 386 west – TecolotitoEastern terminus of NM 386
205.9331.4 NM 451 south – Anton ChicoNorthern terminus of NM 451
GuadalupeDilia210.2338.3 NM 119 west – Anton ChicoEastern terminus of NM 119
226.0363.7 I-40 / Historic US 66 west / NM 219 south – Albuquerque, PasturaWestern end of I-40 overlap; I-40 exit 256; northern terminus of NM 219
See I-40
Santa Rosa246.3396.4 I-40 Bus. west / I-40 east / US 54 / Historic US 66 – TucumcariEastern end of I-40 overlap; I-40 exit 277
246.4396.5 NM 156 eastWestern terminus of NM 156
246.8397.2 Santa Rosa Route 66 Airport
De Baca278.2447.7 NM 203 east – Lake Sumner, Sumner Lake State ParkWestern terminus of NM 203
Fort Sumner288.1463.7 US 60 west – VaughnWestern end of US 60 overlap
Taiban301.8485.7 NM 294 southNorthern terminus of NM 294
302.6487.0 NM 252 north – House, McAlisterSouthern terminus of NM 252
Roosevelt
No major junctions
CurryMelrose324.0521.4 NM 268 northSouthern terminus of NM 268
325.0523.0 NM 267 south – Floyd, PortalesNorthern terminus of NM 267
329.0529.5 NM 224 northSouthern terminus of NM 224
Clovis341.9550.2 NM 311 west – Cannon Air Force BaseEastern terminus of NM 311, partial interchange
345.0555.2 NM 467 south – PortalesNorthern terminus of NM 467
349.1561.8 US 70 west / NM 209 north – Portales, Broadview, GradyWestern end of US 70 overlap; southern terminus of NM 209
Texico357.4575.2 NM 108 northSouthern terminus of NM 108
357.7575.7 NM 348 south – FarwellNorthern terminus of NM 348
357.8575.8 US 60 east – AmarilloEastern end of US 60 overlap
357.9576.0 US 70 / US 84 east (Avenue A) – FarwellContinuation into Texas
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Google Maps". Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "End of US highway 84". Archived from the original on February 25, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
U.S. Route 84
Previous state:
Colorado
New Mexico Next state:
Texas